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WALKING IN THE CANADIAN ROCKIES

Spectacular mountains and scenery to be believed!

Are you ready to be deeply enthralled by some of the most dramatic and soul stirring scenery in the world? The Canadian Rockies are Canada’s great outdoor playground. With its soaring mountain peaks covered with a dusting of snow, to the many sparkling glaciers and crystal blue lakes we will explore this wonderland in the only way that offers the best views, on foot. Taking a breath you will be filled with the scent of fresh alpine air. Eagles soar above and moose can be seen in the distance as we take our steps through this wilderness of splendour. Classic views include the Athabasca Glacier, Lake Louise and the curiously coloured Peyto Lake.

For 2017 we are pleased to offer two varied itineraries.

July and September
Upon arrival in Vancouver, one of the most beautifully situated cities in the world, we will take time to see the sights such as the waterfront, Stanley Park, Chinatown and Gastown through to Lynn Canyon Park.


July
After our time in Vancouver we journey by transfer bus and ferry to Vancouver Island where we will discover the delights of Victoria and walk the intertwining paths of Thetis Park. Both areas offer fantastic views with the possibility of seeing local wildlife. After two nights on Vancouver Island we will transfer by coach and ferry to Kamloops for two nights and a great days hiking.


September
After three nights in Vancouver we move on to the Cascade Mountains and Manning Park. Our walks in classic mountain scenery really begin here. We’ll get up onto ridges and peaks, see the wildlife (bear, elk, eagles, coyotes, marmots and deer may all be spotted), and enjoy the clean fresh mountain air along with unparalleled views. Manning Park, named after the Chief Forrester Ernest Manning is 70,000 hectares of unspoilt wilderness. We however will only be exploring the area near Three Brothers Mountain and Lightning Lake, just a small portion!

July and September
We journey from Manning/Kamloops up beside the North Thompson River to the Rockies and Jasper National Park passing Mt Robson, at nearly 4000m the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. While in Jasper we will walk into the Valley of the Five Lakes taking us past rolling hills, forests, small lakes all offering the chance to spot more of Canada’s elusive wildlife. There may also be the opportunity to ascend The Whistlers by cable car for a summit walk. Our week however is split between not just Jasper but Banff National Park as well in mountain scenery renowned the world over for its beauty, pristine wilderness and fantastic walking. 



WALKING GRADES


Full day walks with moderate amounts of ascent and descent. The paths are mostly good, but there may be some steep and rough ground. Walks will last up to 6 hours and could involve as much as 750m of ascent and descent. Some walks will be less demanding but equally rewarding.




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When we visit

Summer, Autumn

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    Walking in the Canadian Rockies (Grade 5)
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    17 Jul 2017
    Nights
    15
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    GRADE 5
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    London (Heathrow)
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    Walking in the Canadian Rockies (Grade 5)
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    10 Sep 2017
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    15
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    GRADE 5
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    London (Heathrow)
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  • Itinerary
    17 Jul 2017 - 01 Aug 2017

    Day 1 - Vancouver
    Fly from the UK to Vancouver. Arrive in Vancouver in the late afternoon.

    Day 2 - Vancouver
    We will spend our first two days sightseeing on foot in Vancouver. There is plenty to see and do in this busy and attractive city and there are several points that offer beautiful views of the city and surrounding mountains. We will visit Stanley Park, the city's main green area. We may also travel by Sea bus to Lynn Canyon Park in North Vancouver to walk the unspoilt coastal forest trails amidst striking scenery.

    Day 4 - Vancouver Island
    Transfer from Vancouver by coach and ferry to Vancouver Island ready to enjoy an introductory walk around Victoria.

    Day 5 - Vancouver Island
    Today we will travel by public transport to Thetis Park with its extensive network of paths waiting to be explored. In the afternoon there will be free time to enjoy and take in the sights of Victoria further. The British Columbia Museum is not far from our hotel should you wish to visit.

    Day 6 - Kamloops
    Transfer from Vancouver Island to Kamloops.

    Day 7 - Kamloops
    Enjoy a great days hiking in a little visited region.

    Day 8 - Jasper
    Transfer from Kamloops to Jasper by way of Yellowhead Pass, skirting the 3,954m Mt Robson, the highest point in the Canadian Rockies. We pass over the Alberta border and into Jasper

    Day 9 - Jasper
    Our time will be spent walking and sightseeing in the Jasper National Park. Once again the views are dramatic with Jasper surrounded by high rugged mountains. Dinner is only included on your first night here.

    Day 12 - Banff
    Transfer from Jasper to Banff by road along the Icefields Parkway to Banff. As we leave the Park the road crosses the Sunwapta Pass (2,027m) and passes close to the Columbia Icefield, one of the largest accumulations of ice and snow south of the Arctic circle.

    Day 13 - Banff
    We have two days of walking here in the Banff National Park. The wildlife is prevalent in the park, and early morning or late evening is the best time to catch a glimpse of deer, moose, bighorn sheep, bear or beaver in their natural habitat.

    Day 14 - Banff
    A second day fabulous walking around Banff.

    Day 15 - In Flight
    Leaving Banff we travel by road to Calgary Airport for the return overnight flight to London.


  • Accommodation
    Mount Robson Inn

    For four nights we stay in the family run Mount Robson Inn, offering a quiet location whilst still being a ten minute walk to the centre of town. Jasper sits at the bottom of a huge valley surrounded by the impressive Rockies and the Jasper National Park.

    It has been recently renovated too, offering clean and up to date rooms that include air conditioning, fridges, microwaves and tea and coffee making facilities.

    Guests can use the outdoor year round hot tubs, perfect for soothing aching legs after striding through the Rockies.

    Breakfast is a continental buffet offering a huge range of options, including healthy choices and more traditional local staples such as waffles and pancakes (which you can make yourself).

    Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel.

     

    Mount Royal Hotel

    Set in downtown Banff the three star Mount Royal has historical character, contemporary amenities, and is close to the excellent shopping of this mountain town. 

    You can enjoy Canadian cuisine, at Tony Roma’s Restaurant and Lounge, where the ribs are excellent, or celebrate all things Canadian with craft ale and poutine at the attached Toque Canadian Pub.  

    Bedrooms come with a window view, flat screen TV, telephone, coffee maker, iron & ironing board, hairdryer, safe, climate control (heat & air conditioning), and en-suite bathrooms.

    There is also a sauna and whirlpool for unwinding after a long days hiking.

     

  • What's Included
    • Return flights and airport transfers.
    • En suite accommodation with fourteen breakfasts and nine dinners taken in hotels and local restaurants.
    • All local transport costs

  • Holiday Highlights
    • Two differing itineraries for 2017!
    • BOTH - Vancouver. Walking in the Lynn Canyon. Great mountains reached on a boat from the heart of the city.
    • JULY – Vancouver Island. Explore the capital Victoria and walk the extensive paths of Thetis Park.
    • JULY – Kamloops. Come and discuss this little visited area of Canada.
    • SEPT - Manning Park. Three Brothers Mountain. Great vies, early season flowers and always the possibility of seeing bears. 500m ascent, 7 - 9 miles.
    • BOTH - Jasper. Pyramid Lake, classic Rockies scenery, excellent views of the Athabasca River and valley.
    • BOTH - Banff. The drive down the Icefields Parkway to Banff is a classic drive with lots of great views and places to walk on the way. Look out for mountain sheep and bears.

  • Travel Information & Regional Departures
    • Arrival transfer by road (c1hr).
    • Flights Heathrow-Vancouver/ Calgary-Heathrow (c9hrs), British Airways.        
    • UK add-on flights from £95 return, British Airways.
    • Upgrades World Traveller Plus (Premium Economy) and Business Class upgrades available, please ask for a competitive quote.
    • Visa is required.

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When we visit

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"Would like to do it again"
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